Matt Kuchar might not appear too much of goal-driven unlike his fellow peers in golf yet he makes it a point to get back to Kapalua to defend his title.
Kapalua plays the host of Hyundai Tournament of Champions that extends its invitations just to those golfers who have been PGA Tour winners last year. Matt is a huge fan of this Hawaiian island & he was there this February for a family holiday.
However, reserving a return ticket to this island for this tournament this January needed some patience. Matt finished in top 5 each of 3 weeks that led to his triumph at RBC Heritage 2015.
He had chances of victory at the finale of Houston, San Antonio & Augusta yet he posted pedestrian figures.
Thus, he was greatly relieved as he holed the bunker shot in 72nd hole in Harbour Town Golf Links- & the birdie gave him a last-round 64 & victory.
“Mostly you will find me with my upbeat smile”, stated Matt. “But it was much emotion, relief & excitement together when I took the hat off & came up with the huge fist pumped down to ground.”
4 top 5 finishes in a row on 4 distinct courses- the great 36-year-old golf star is renowned for such a robotic consistency.
The 6 ft-4” man is a great athlete with equal ease at handling the tennis racquet as is seen while he is on the golf courses.
But earlier, he used to rely more on athleticism and trusted the swing for precise movements – however, that could not give him the desired consistency. Thus, he kept on meeting instructors and it was finally O’Connell’s suggestions to swing towards left on Matt’s follow-through that helped him with immediate improvement in consistency.